Nobel winner Pamuk cancels German trip

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31 January 2007, Cologne (dpa) - Orhan Pamuk, the Turkish author who received the Nobel Literature Prize last month, has cancelled a promotional trip to Germany because of fears that he may be killed if he leaves his home, a German newspaper was to report Wednesday. Pamuk, 54, has received threats from Turkish nationalists. The newspaper Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger said his German publisher confirmed that a national tour set to begin with an honorary doctorate award at the Free University of Berlin this Friday

31 January 2007

Cologne (dpa) - Orhan Pamuk, the Turkish author who received the Nobel Literature Prize last month, has cancelled a promotional trip to Germany because of fears that he may be killed if he leaves his home, a German newspaper was to report Wednesday.

Pamuk, 54, has received threats from Turkish nationalists. The newspaper Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger said his German publisher confirmed that a national tour set to begin with an honorary doctorate award at the Free University of Berlin this Friday was off.

It said Pamuk was concerned after the assassination of an ethnic Armenian journalist in Turkey, Hrant Dink. Experts said he was not in greater danger in Germany than in Turkey, but put himself at risk by leaving his home.

Pamuk was awarded the world's most prestigious literature prize for his novels, mostly set in Istanbul. A bid to prosecute him for insulting "Turkishness" was dropped early last year.

DPA

Subject: German news

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